Average Caterers in the United States make around $11.87 per hour. Caterers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. About one in six receive medical and dental insurance and around a tenth get vision insurance. The majority of Caterers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$20,859 - $59,194
$21K
$34K
$59K
MEDIAN: $33,766
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90%

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$8.56 - $17.66
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,859 - $59,194  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,636 - $41,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.56 - $17.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.62  
Overtime
$3.25 - $27.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,636 - $41,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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Job Description for Caterer

The position of a caterer, sometimes known as a server, requires strong customer service skills and the ability to please others, as they are responsible for serving food in locations ranging from hotels to restaurants, wedding receptions, and other special events.

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Caterer Tasks

  • Prepare a large amount of food for consumption at various events.
  • Communicate with clients to determine needs and create custom menus when required.
  • Maintain inventory of food supplies and restock as necessary.
  • Perform setup, banquet display, and breakdown of catering events.

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Pay by Experience Level for Caterer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. For Caterers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $30K. Caterers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Key Stats for Caterer

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Caterer Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 83%
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